It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engages.
And no less preeminent a champion of American independence than Thomas Paine had the following words of reproach for the Good Book 'As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.'
Not a place on earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wreangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them.
The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain.
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America I'll tell you, friend, He reigns above.
Uncritical reverence for the Founding Fathers was less ubiquitous while they actually lived.... 'The Reign of Terror that raged in America during the latter end of the Washington Administration, and the whole of that of Adams, is enveloped in mystery to me. That there were men in the Government hostile to the representative system, was once their toast, though it is now their overthrow, and therefore the fact is established against them.'
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